Explore Paris with ArcGIS Online

Navigate the map

You can move around on a map by panning, zooming, and searching.

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS Online.
  2. On the ribbon, click Map. A map of the world appears.
  3. Zoom to Europe. You can zoom in three ways:
    • Click the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons.

      Zoom In and Zoom Out controls

    • Use the wheel on your mouse.
    • Hold the Shift key and draw a box around the area you want to zoom to.
  4. Pan the map by holding the left mouse button and dragging on the map.

    Panning changes the extent of the map, while zooming changes the scale. Next, you'll change the basemap, to have a different view of the earth while you explore.

  5. On the ribbon, click the Basemap button.
  6. In the basemap gallery, choose Imagery Hybrid.

    Imagery Hybrid in the basemap gallery

  7. Explore the new basemap by zooming and panning.

    As you zoom in, more labels appear and the imagery is replaced by more detailed versions. The basemap is a multiscale map, meaning that it shows different information at different scales.

  8. On the ribbon, in the search bar, type Eiffel Tower and press Enter.

    The map zooms to Paris and a pop-up appears over the Eiffel Tower.

    Pop-up for the Eiffel Tower

Mark locations

The earth is a big place. Next, you'll mark some locations so you can more easily find them again.

  1. On the Eiffel Tower pop-up, click Add to Map Notes.

    A new layer, named Map Notes, is added to the Contents pane.

    Map Notes layer in the Contents pane

  2. In the search bar, type Paris and press Enter.

    The map zooms out to show the city.

  3. On the ribbon, click the Bookmarks button and click Add Bookmark. Type Paris and press Enter.

    Adding a Paris bookmark

  4. Close the Bookmarked places window and the pop-up.

    Now that you've marked locations in two ways, you'll navigate to them.

  5. In the Contents pane, point to the Map Notes layer. Click the More Options button that appears and choose Zoom to.

    Zoom to in the More Options menu

    The map zooms to the Eiffel Tower. It may have zoomed in too far. Zoom out until you can see the tower.

    Map zoomed to the Eiffel Tower

  6. On the ribbon, click the Bookmarks button and click Paris.

    The map zooms back out to show the extent of the city.

    Map zoomed to Paris

Add layers

Maps are made up of layers of data. You can add layers from different sources, for example, files stored on your computer, or data hosted on ArcGIS Online. The basemap you changed is one kind of layer, and the map note you added is another. Next, you'll add a layer from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

  1. On the ribbon, click Add and choose Browse Living Atlas Layers.

    Browse Living Atlas Layers in the Add menu

  2. In the search bar, type Paris and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down to find the layer named Fontaines sur l'espace public à Paris.

    This layer contains data of water fountains in public spaces in the city. It is provided by the city's water department—Mairie de Paris / Direction de la Propreté et de l'Eau—via Esri France.

  4. Click the Add button to add the layer to the map.

    Add button on the Fontaines sur l'espace public à Paris layer

    Over 1,000 points appear on the map.

  5. Click the back button to return to the Contents pane.

    Back arrow button

  6. Click some of the points on the map.

    Pop-up for a fountain feature

    Pop-ups appear, providing more information about each water fountain, including its address. The informational elements that are tied to each location are called attributes.

  7. Close the pop-up.

Save the map

You may want to continue adding layers, but you'll save the map before making any further changes.

  1. On the ribbon, click Save and click Save As.

    Save As button

  2. For Title, type Paris, France, followed by your name or initials.
  3. For Tags, type location, Eiffel Tower, water fountains, and press Enter. Three tags are created.
  4. For Summary, type Map of Paris, showing the location of the Eiffel Tower, and of public water fountains.

    Save Map window with all fields filled in

  5. Click Save Map.

    The map is saved to your ArcGIS Online account.

  6. Above the ribbon, click Home and choose Content.

    Content button in the ArcGIS Online navigation menu

    The Content page appears. Your Paris, France map is listed at the top of the list.

    Paris, France web map in the content list

In this lesson, you learned how to navigate a map by panning, zooming, and searching. You learned how to mark locations with map notes and with bookmarks. You learned how to change the basemap layer and add new layers to a map. Finally, you learned how to save a map and locate it on the Content page.

Using the same methods, create a map of another location, for example, your home.

You can find more lessons in the Learn ArcGIS Lesson Gallery.